CLEVELAND - The Mid-American Conference announced its weekly Scholar Athlete award winners on Thursday. Earning MAC Female Scholar Athlete of the Week honors is Miami volleyball player Meg Riley (St. Louis, Mo.). It is the first academic award of the sophomore's collegiate career.
Riley continued to do everything as she led Miami to the tournament title at its home event, the Miami Best Western/Sycamore Invitational, over this past weekend. For the week, which also included a match against Xavier on Tuesday, she had 58 kills, an average of 3.55 per set. While she spent half of her time as an outside hitter, she also spent half of her time as a setter. She recorded 94 assists, an average of 5.53 per set. Riley had two triple-doubles during the week, recording 14 kills, 25 assists and 13 digs vs. Xavier, and a career-high-tying 20 kills, 22 assists and 10 digs vs. Temple. She also had 15 kills vs. Indiana State and nine kills vs. Chicago State, while recording double-digit assists in both games. Riley also scored points on the block in all four matches, finishing with a total of 10 block assists.
Riley has also been a star in the classroom since she has arrived at Miami. She is majoring in mechanical engineering and holds an impressive 3.94 GPA. The MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week honor is presented to a MAC male and female student-athlete who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and performs well during the week's competition. The winners are selected by a group of the conference's faculty athletic representatives.
Miami returns to action this weekend when it travels to Bloomington, Ind. for the Hoosier Classic. The RedHawks take on Chattanooga on Friday at 5 p.m. On Saturday they will face Valparaiso at 10 a.m. and host Indiana at 7 p.m.